Exclusively in theaters ahead of Pixar’s Coco you will be treated to the 21 minute film ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’. Personally, I think this is Pixar’s way of helping us wait for the release of Frozen 2.What would you do if you didn’t have a family holiday tradition? This is exactly what Olaf sets out to find for Elsa and Anna. Every family does something different and he wants to explore them all.
During the #PixarCocoEvent press junket we got to interview directors Stevie Wermers-Skelton & Kevin Deters, Producer Roy Conli and Songwriters Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson.
We loved talking about production, inspiration and insider information about Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
Here are some fun fact and insider information that you won’t find anywhere else.
Watch for the goats on Anna’s dress and throughout the scenery and decor in the homes. These goats are in the film directly from the Scandinavian tradition of Yule Goat. A popular theory is that the celebration of the goat is connected to worship of the Norse god Thor, who rode the sky in a chariot drawn by two goats.
The Yule Bell is reflective of the bells that the Scandinavian people ring on Christmas Eve to signal the start of Christmas festivities.
Watch for the menorah and dreidel in the film. While this film is based around Christmas traditions, the world of Frozen is also universal and all inclusive.
- Landing from Prep and Landing are in 3 shots on a mantel.
- Nessie from the Ballad of Nessie is in the sled scene.
- In the sleigh is the fist of Baymax.
- Lisa is the voice of the kitten.
- Kate was the cookie lady.
Getting the film down to 22 minutes was a challenge because they had so much story they wanted to share.
There was suppose to be a goat that would run with Olaf and Sven. Mr. Jingles was suppose to eat all the traditions as they discovered them. But he didn’t make it into the film.
The knitting sequence is more stop motion than computer generated animation. Each stitch on each frame had to be hand painted.
Writing the next ‘Silent Night’
John Lasseter challenged Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson to write ‘the next Silent Night’ when he asked them to write ‘When We Are Together’. No pressure at all!!
‘When We Are Together’ took the longest to write because there was such high stakes to get to the emotionality between Anna and Elsa as they are discovering their new tradition. It had 4 or 5 different versions before the version that is in the film.
They are hoping that this will be the beloved song from the movie. It would be an out of body expereince to listen to an elementary school choir sing it at a holiday concert.
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Subsurface scattering. Watch for how the sun refracts through the snow as they walk. That took the longest time to render.
Look that the colors of Elsa and Anna’s dresses to be closer as they have grown together emotionally.